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234 Nurse practitioners EMS (NP-EMS) performed ultrasound (us)-guided fascia iliaca compartment block (FIC-block) in patients with a suspected proximal femur fracture. preliminary data
  1. JLT Breedveld1,
  2. CW van Vliet1,
  3. E den Boer1,
  4. AAJ Heutinck1,
  5. GJ van Geffen2,
  6. XRJ Moors1,3,
  7. C Slagt2
  1. 1Regional Ambulance Service Brabant Midden-West-Noord, Den Bosch, The Netherlands
  2. 2Radboud Universal Medical Center, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
  3. 3Erasmus Universal Medical Center, Rotterdam, The Netherlands


Background Prehospital pain treatment options for patients with a suspected proximal femur fracture consist mainly in the administration of IV-analgesics by EMS paramedics. The us-guided fascia iliaca compartment block is another suitable option applied by NP-EMS in prehospital emergency care. Therefore we examined whether NP-EMS are able to successfully perform an US-guided FIC block in order to provide analgesia.

Method NP-EMS were educated in the execution of an us-guided FIC block. Hereafter the NP-EMS were dispatched to patients suspect for a proximal femur fractur. After confirmation of the diagnosis, the block was performed under sterile conditions using a SonoSite iViz us-machine equipped with a 13–6 mHz linear transducer (Secma) and a 80 mm block-needle (Stimuplex ultra 360, 22G) . Under direct visual guidance the needle was inserted and 0,3 ml/kg lidocaine (10mg/ml) with adrenaline 5 ug/ml was injected. The quality of visualization of the needle in relation to the nerve, pain relief using Numeric Rating Scale (NRS) and occurrence of complications were evaluated.

Results In 99 patients an us-guided FIC-block was performed. One NRS score was lost, so 98 data pairs (before and after FIC Block) were available for analysis. Data were not normally distributed (D’Agostino & Pearson omnibus normality test P < 0.001). The block was effective in 96 patients, median NRS-pain score before FIC block was 8 interquartile range [7–9]. NRS decreased to median 3 interquartile range [1–6] after the FIC block, P < 0.0001 using Wilcoxon matched-pairs signed rank test Figure 1. No complications were noted. In two patients a correct visualization of the needle or spread of local anesthetic was not obtained.

Conclusion Well-trained NP-EMS can successfully and effectively perform an us-guided FIC block for providing adequate pain relief in patients with a suspected proximal femur fracture in the pre hospital setting.

Conflict of interest None declared.

Funding None declared.

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